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, and in terms of the sequester, i agree with the last guest. in many ways between the fed and the deficit spending on the deficit level, even though it's going to be smaller this year, it's hard to beat, that so i think the sequester, where we really demonstrate that the growth in many ways is paid for because when you stop it's going to take away jobs, those kind of black reality swans will be the issue for the market ahead. >> brian gendron, where are you on this and how do you want to be invested? >> we don't think this rally is over entirely. if you extrapolate a 5% or 6% return we've had so far this year, we'll have one of the greatest stock markets of all time in the face of, you know, good earnings but not great earnings, in the face of still slow growth. i think that's a little unrealistic so we'll probably get a little bit of a pullback, unusual if we didn't. still recommending a substantial allocation to equities. this year looks like last year, political uncertainty. last year was a good year for stocks. as for stocks versus bonds, i've been thinking it was the end of a 30-year
melissa francis. lori: i am lori rothman. we will learn how hi our deficits could rise. melissa: we will hear from the president in just a couple minutes. we will bring you the remarks live. lori: immigration reform also on the top earner today. we will hear from business leaders on how reform should be done. lou dobbs weighs in. melissa: our very own charlie gasparino goes one-on-one with municipal analyst. that should be very interesting. lori: let's get things started with the latest addition of stocks now. the 20 you see volatility here. the fix is to the downside today on a day where we are gaining triple digits, unlike yesterday where we love triple digits. the majority of the dow components are in the green. we have economic numbers showing expanding numbers in the u.s. service. we will take a look at a longer term chart. back to you. lori: thank you, as always. melissa: breaking news. the budget office releasing the latest numbers. what we can expect our deficit to be. rich: $845 billion for this year. this is the first time in five years. let's take a look at the next ten y
in the hole this year alone with our deficit, this is a great way to raise tax revenue. let me finish, it would charge an excise tax of 50% of the first sale. 50% of your first dollar would go right to the government. pay $1000 annually just for being tax producers, and they would require the irs to produce a study of industry after two years. once you get the irs involved, my friend, we are talking about a full one industry that will be taxed and it will never go away because the irs is going to want to get money from it. what do you think about a federal tax on marijuana? >> at this point it is premature because only two states down the road could be a good idea, but it is mostly about the states. federal tax on marijuana. i'm talking about blumenauer. is that whe the one you like? >> yes. let's allow the state to legally regulate that stuff. let the states tax them. >> or heard about it for lottery, gambling, tobacco, alcohol, we spend more on the social cost of the problems. gerri: what do you mean? let's have an answer. >> talk about the lost productivity, department of justice r
that ofrugal canada. a new congressional budget office report says deficits are returning to precrisis levels within a few years. we don't need some big and grand bargain. even moderate reform on immigration, gun control, energy policy, and most difficult, the budget, would give a powerful boost to the country beyond any specific economic impact. you see, politicians could demonstrate that they could actually govern. everyone would get some credit. and america would finally have found a center. for more on this, you can readily column in this week's "time" magazine. let's get started. >>> so now you know my thoughts on how the white house and congress can get some work done. let's get straight to what other people think. joining me today, paul krugman, op-ed columnist for "the new york times," the author of "end this depression now" just out in paper back and on "the new york times" bestseller list. mort zuckerman, publisher of "the new york daily news," and he has a few real estate holdings here and there. arianna huffington, chair, president, and editor in chief of "the huffington post" med
and here's what's "money" tonight. reducing the deficit through immigration reform. how did it work? president obama held meetings today with top ceos and labor leaders. we have all the latest details. >>> plus the justice department body slammed standard & poor's alleging it defrauded investors over mortgage securities rating. is s&p cooked? john eagan, ceo of eagan jones rating company joins us exclusively to react. >>> the entire electronic industry could be turned upside down. foxconn workers in china will get the first free union vote. these guys produced 40% of the world's electronics. will this push up the price of your smartphone? you might want to embrace for impact. even when they say it's not it is always about money melissa: first let's take a look at today's market moments. stocks recovered after the worst day of the year. solid u.s. and european economic data helped put the bulls back on the track. the dow briefly climbed back above the 14,000 mark and pared session highs closing up 99 points. nasdaq and s&p 500 each gained more than 1%. >>> starting off tonight with p
. >> it is almost a false argument to say we have a spending problem. we have a budget deficit problem that we have to address. right now we have low interest on the national debt and it is a good time for us to act to lower that deficit. we think they must be reduced. we are sick and tired of paying interest on the national debt. that is a large percentage of the budget. it is lower now because of the lower interest rate. dagen: i do not speak pelosi. let me see if i can translate what she was saying. she does not believe there was a spending problem. the budget deficit and budget cap should be fixed -- >> i think she is talking out of her -- i do not think there should be any tax increases. i think it is time for the fiscal deficit to call it off and a clear victory. there are signs we have gone too far too quickly. left or right, i am very happy to hold off on these tax increases which i think will appeal to a lot of people. i am in equal opportunity growth guide. both sides of the aisle. i do not think we spend too much money. it is a symptom of a problem. dagen: you are arguing that we should
. >> where did the money go? >> the money supposedly is going to reduce the deficit. but the problem is, the sequestration is indiscriminate. if you let leon panetta do those cuss and figure out where they should come from and did it with a scalpel that would be fine. but i think the defense department can handle this. the president is not going to come up with cuts and programs that he wants if the republicans don't say what they want. whether they want it to be the virgin birth of spending cuts. >> ryan, you and i know that the 95 billion goes back in the private sector. what happens to it then? then it becomes much more lucrative than 85 billion because it's reinvested. where? in private enterprise, correct? >> it doesn't necessarily go back into the private sector. it van issues. >> how does that happen? >> they don't borrow. >> it's not being borrowed. >> but if it's still -- if it's no longer borrowed, and in the private sector where it is functioning under the rules of -- >> sitting in the banks. >> and the program matt sound capitalism. issue three. gop soul search. >> we believ
's transparent and that we're reducing our deficit in a way that doesn't hamper growth. >> reporter: the response from house speaker john boehner's office? the president got his revenue, now it's finally time to make the reforms necessary to save our entitlement programs. any tax loopholes we close should be used to lower rates for all taxpayers so we can be more competitive and create or more jobs. automatic spending cuts hit the federal budget march 1st. less than four weeks later, a large portion of federal spending authority expires. if democrats and republicans fail to resolve these tax and spending differences, the government is headed for those across the board spending cuts and a government shutdown. back to you. connell: rich, thank you very much. rich edson in d.c. dagen: let's bring in david stockman, former economic adviser to president ronald reagan. there's no urgency though. if we don't do something about our annual budget deficits and our longer term debt that we're accumulating, is it just going to be kind of a slow drip like where we bleed to death as a nation, where we don't re
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the deficit and avoid spending cuts. we're learning the budget deficit will top $845 billion this fiscal year even with massive tax hikes and assuming the spending cuts do kick in. congressman tom price pushing the president to balance the budget and says this new report is proof we can't do that by hiking taxes. what about that? we're still going to be deep into the red. >> good to be with you. the president has put forward for different budgets, none of which have ever come to balance. the house republicans have acted responsibly, our budget is yet to balance, so what we will do is put together a budget that balances in a ten-year time. all it does tomorrow it says to the president tell us when you'ryourbudget balances. it is important to do that because we have our principled solutions with the program. liz: used a dozen state when the budget would be balanced, is that it? >> we have had to end dollars deficit of the past four years in the past for budgets by this president have never come into balance ever in the 75 year time frame we talk about budgets. the american people need to know t
? the deficit. this year it will be below a trillion dollars, that's what the pundits focused on and ignored the grim reality. in fact, our debt is headed toward the worst levels in post war america. worst, the economy will show a masly 1.4% growth. unemployment rise to 8%, stay at very high levels for years, and 7 million people will lose their health care coverage under obamacare. that came within hours of president obama's call for more tax increases on the rich and put off spending cuts. tax and spend, it lives on and so does our massive debt. reality check, "varney & company" is about to begin. [ shapiro ] at legalzoom, you can take care of virtually all your imptant legal matters in just minutes. protect youramily... and launch your dreams. at we put the law on your side. >> first up this wednesday morning, gas prices, yes, they are still on the rise. national average for regular up more than a penny, now at 3.54. just in the past month the price of gas spiked about 25 cents a gallon. the underlying price of oil right now we're down, $95 per barrel. while gas prices are
've taken. they've taken three quarters of the potential revenue for deficit balancing off the table. >> they is? >> congress. >> or are we saying the democrats, the president? >> everybody. this is what they all agreed to, right? so that's problem number one. problem number two is on the spending side, now are we going to make serious cuts or not? i don't think they are unless we go over the cliff. there's not going to be any opportunity to cut pentagon spending in any serious way if you don't go over the cliff. so there is some stuff in there that i as a democrat don't like. but i think everybody's going to put something in the pot in order to balance the deficit. we did a lousy job in january on the tax side and i hope that -- i think it's better to go over the cliff than do a lousy job -- >> how many people do you know on your side of the field who actually agree with you? >> very few. look they're politicians. they want to spend as much money as they possibly can and they don't want to pay for it. >> who agrees with you? >> oh, i don't know. i bet -- oh, god, joe agrees with me.
'll be following this. >>> to washington now. members of congress remain focused on deficits, spending and how to head off the looming sequestration cuts poised to kick in early next month. in separate interviews on sunday, house minority leader nancy pelosi and majority leader eric cantor laid out the economic dividing lines. >> what we need is growth. we need growth with jobs. and if you have spending cuts, education of our children and other investments like the national institutes of health where you are hindering growth, you're not going to reduce the deficit. so it is almost a false argument to say we have a spending problem. we have a budget deficit problem that we have to address. we think the deficit and the national debt are at immoral levels. we think they must be reduced. we're sick and tired of paying interest on the national debt. and that's 15% -- that's a large percentage of the budget. >> the tax fight for the president means higher taxes, more revenue. again, we can't be raising taxes every three months in this town, david. and you know, the bottom line is we want tax reform,
instead of really dealing with the banks and dealing with the regional deficit overhang, he just created a circle of loop of help. so the government has been giving money to the regions, the banks to the regions and the government to the banks. but there's no real solution. the problems we main in spain. >> well, this is interesting. so, actually, michael brown was just talking about europe being somewhat of a closed economy. what you're talking about here in spain is this closed loop between the money that is getting in and borrowing. explain a little bit about this crazy looking chart here, flow chart, we should say, and this point that what happens in spain is staying in spain. >> this is a simplified chart of what has been going on. all the rectangular things are off balance. fade is the fund for utility financing. they're funded by the government. rajoy on the 31st of december increased the limit of these funds. frob and the bad bank are funding the banking system, the weak banks, including bankia. and the ffpp is a fund where banks have lent 30 billion to the region. on top of this
to say we have a spending problem. we have a budget deficit problem we have to address. >> now pelosi went on to claim that nothing brings more money in the u.s. treasury than investing in education. investing another word for spending. bret? >> bret: so, ed, what are we hearing if the president will tack the deficit in the speech? >> interesting, because today jay carney said he does believe there is a spending problem in washington. he seems to disagree with nancy pelosi a little bit. carney went on to say he believes the problem is with spending on healthcare. so something the president tried to tack with the affordable care act and carney went on to say the president doesn't believe the government is too big now. when you compare it to historic levels, sign he is not going all in on the deficit tomorrow night. he is going all in on new investments. >> bret: okay. ed henry live on the north lawn. thank you. you can see the president's speech along with the republican response on fox news channel tuesday starting at 8:55:00 p.m. eastern. and to share your thoughts and opinions on tu
office says, forecasting a $845 billion budget deficit this year alone. though the first of less than a trillion dollars in five years. annual deficits continue to shrink until 2017 when interest and health care costs begin increasing deficits again. in the next 10 years, cbo says the u.s. will add almost $7 trillion to the national debt. the problem mostly? entitlements? the fix? painful. >> it is possible to keep tax revenues at that time their historical average percentage of gdp but only making substantial cuts relative to current policies in the large benefit programs that aid a broad group of people. >> now on the other side elmendorf says you can keep benefits the same but you've got to raise taxes substantially. let's go to the economic forecast here. cbo expects unemployment to average 8% this year and 7.6% next year, marking six straight years above 7.5%. that is the first time that happened in 70 years. as for growth, cbo expect as sluggish economy this year and growth to pick up next year. back to you. david: rich, all of these forecasts are subject to change. i haven't se
lost is there are different ways of reducing the deficit. the president talks about the debt reduction deals we have. if you look at the spending side it is all discretionary. all on the defense side. it is research and work development, all of these things that are r&d. they do not deal with what most economists would say is the real problem. has a debate somehow skewed in how we have failed to make these distinctions and where to make the cut? >> this notion of federal government driving innovation versus private and filling a shift there. >> there's always both. the government has been the catalyst of the private sector involved. if you go back 30 years, most would come from the department of defense. today there's a lot more in the private sector than ever before. it is quite strong. >> there is not one company, ge is not alone, that has not changed their health care a pension plan. they are difficult decisions that are hard to do. we do it in a constructive way with employees. the notion that we are in a world where we cannot do anything about some of these big entitlement costs,
in washington. lori: you look at our ballooning national debt in the battle over the current deficit. what is the best outcome? >> that would be for the federal government to reduce spending. that is just all there is to it. lori: where exactly? i have to interrupt you, we are not getting enough detail as to where those tough cuts should come. >> i think they should come from everything. we definitely have to have some entitlement reform. you are seeing an explosion in expenditures in all areas of government. it will have to be trimmed back. one of the things we will be doing is finding those areas in our respective jurisdictions. lori: how do you think about the meat cleaver, if you will, regarding the cuts? >> well, it will happen unless the president wants to come to talk to us about meaningful cuts. the house has passed two bills now. this president is basically says no and does not want to talk to us. he needs to come talk to us. otherwise, it will happen and it will be very tough on a lot of different areas. lori: one silver lining in this national small business association, or econ
, he talked about the economy. when it comes to tackling the nation's deficit, president obama said sunday in an interview with cbs news there needs to be revenue involved. and it sounds like he might be interested in going after people like mitt romney. >> there is no doubt we need additional revenue coupled with smart spending reductions in order to bring down our deficit. and we can do it in a gradual way so that it doesn't have a huge impact. and as i said, when you look at some of these deductions that certain folks are able to take advantage of, the average person can't take advantage of them. the average person doesn't have access to cayman island accounts. the average person doesn't have access to carried interest income where they end up paying a much lower rate on billions of dollars that they've earned. so we just want to make sure that the whole system is fair. >> all right. steve, help me out here. i think the democrats are holding a losing hand if they come back and ask for more taxes. they talk about raising tax rates on anybody. but if we're talking about closing loo
the deficit go to pot? new legislation would generate tens of billions of dollars in tax revenue. the congressman behind it all joins us to explain. do you ever have too much money? ♪ to grow, we have to boost our social media visibility. more "likes." more tweets. so, beginning today, my son brock and his whole team will be our new senior social media strategists. any questions? since we make radiator valves wouldn't it be better if we just let fedex help us to expand to new markets? hmm gotta admit that's better than a few "likes." i don't have the door code. who's that? he won a contest online to be ceo for the day. how am i supposed to run a business here without an office?! [ male announcer ] fast, reliable deliveries worldwide. fedex. ♪ they said go to school and be a college kid -- melissa: the student loan catastrophe we are seeing all around us, colleges and universities now suing graduates that aren't paying back their loans. the number of students defaulting on their perkins loans, though -- that's not easy to say -- is staggering. it adds up to almost a billion do
. >> evan, according to the congressional budget office, the deficit is shrinking and will continue for a while, but it will increase later because of an aging population and expansion of federal subsidies. cbo is predicting that by 2023, ifs continue -- if current laws continue, it will be on an upward path and tell that to your children and grandchildren. >> paul krugman has convinced a lot of my liberal friends that it is okay to kick this down the road. >> he actually used those words. >> terrible idea. it courts all kinds of disasters. sounded -- the interest rate spikes. it takes a long time to fix these problems. sequestration is a crude, ugly tool, but if it had the effect of making people get serious about entitlement reform, it would not be so bad. >> colby, what do you think? >> going back to charles' column, he says that it is the first time since the election the president obama has been on the defense. i don't think that is true. i agree with mark on this, that republicans will bear the brunt of this initially because they are seen as the obstructionists. looking at it
numbers like the better than expected trade balance which saw deficits shrinkage of about, what, close to 21%. all of these december numbers are going to impact potential revisions to gdp for the fourth quarter, which we received last week. and it was a paltry minus .1 of 1%. we'll watch this number very carefully. interest rates have moved up with stocks. wholesale inventories shrank .1 of 1%. sales were unchanged at a goose egg. we were expecting .4 on inventories. this is going to be very key as we factor in some of our potential revisions for the next look at fourth quarter gdp, which comes at the end of the month. here we get close, within two basis points of 2%. remember, we started out around 193, 194 today and closed last week at the highest yield close going back to april at 2.02. >> rick santelli, thank you. not too much reaction in terms of the major averages to that data. it is important to keep in mind, with these gains here, we're now positive for the week. definitely for the s&p 500. this is a new high, by the way, on the spx. up almost eight points. the nasdaq as you se
, the next ten years, and harry reid told us it would not add to the deficit. the president even tried to call our fears about the increased cost saying that, you know, really the spending will be under control. we will cut our cost. what happened? >> well, it did not pan out that way which is one of the things that happens when we pass a really big deal, a couple of thousand pages long without giving people adequate opportunity to review it and figure out what the implications will be. so we are adding over a trillion to the debt of the next ten years. he will also be adding, according to this report, 12 million new beneficiaries to medicaid. this is a problem. gerri: right. it is astonishing, and remember when nancy pelosi said we will know what is in the bill when we read it. now we are finally finding of commands that me tell you, it is frightening. one of the things of the cbo found call entitlement spending, obamacare, medicare, medicaid, all of this together to met will exceed spending for everything else, even defense, social security, health care is going to be everything. is
a budget deficit problem we have to address. gerri: what is he thinking? >> she likes the level of high spending, she doesn't think that additional trillion in spending is a problem. the problem in her view is that peasants are not sends enough money into washington d.c., she does not think it is a problem, those of us who pay taxes think it is. gerri: she also talked about closing loopholes in particular oil companies, this dream that has emerged that somehow oil companies will fund this country going forward. >> they are talking about getting rid of expensing like all other companies targeting a particular industry, not a special deal that oil companies have. the other challenge is, even if you get rid of real existing deducts and credits, that perhaps should be there or should not. if you get rid of those and them, and spend the money, then you never get to do tax reform. we need is the deducts and credits to be scaled back while rates come down urge revenue neutral tax reform. gerri: well, when is that going to happen? >> a different president, and different senate. gerri: that will
is turning to for advice on everything from the deficit to taxes to the broader economy. >>> then, after we talk to them, they're going to paint a picture for us, we're going to turn to two powerful investors for insight into what the conversation in washington means for the broader markets. cowen and company ceo jeff solomon will join us, and the bond king, bill gross. first, steve will bring us up to speed on the morning's top stories. steve? >> thank you, michelle. disney posting better than expected earnings and revenues after the bell. the company says it expects the next few quarters to be better on a stronger lineup of films and growing attendance at its theme parks. ceo bob iegory was on cnbc's "closing bell." >> you had a lot of ins and outs. basically, the trendser good. we had strong results at our domestic parks. the bookings have been pretty solid. advertising was okay. and generally speaking, our business performed well. and our interactive media group was profitable for the quarter. that's the first time the group has been profitable since we've been breaking it out. >> share
deficits, and that austerity was never given a credible grade, for example, by many investors, thinking, of course, it wasn't a great strategy. i concur. here's the problem, though. you know, austerity by definition is, you know, deficit cutting with less benefits and services. now, it is a horrible word. and, of course, many governments and politicians grabbed on to it because they really don't want deficit cutting and they don't want less benefits and services. but it is pretty hard to call it austerity as we go into, what, year six of post credit crisis activity. and global economics don't dictate we're doing a heck of a lot better, even though we had some jumps in growth, which kind of can be predicated on high levels of stimulus, maybe don't call it stimulus, maybe you call it just three to four years of big deficits. now, quid pro quo on the other hand seems to be the relationship that dictates who the big buyers are of very high quality, relatively speaking sovereign debt, whether it is boons, treasuries, guilts or ooth oaths. we need a whole lot less quid and a lot more pro grow
this about reducing the deficit. >> there is no dow that we need additional revenue coupled with smart spending reductions in order to bring down our deficit. we can do it in a gradual way so it does not have a huge impact. the average person cannot take advantage of them. they do not have access to cayman islands account. the average person does not have access to carried interest income. melissa: i do not know, how do you interpret that. that sounds like the tax man is coming. lori: we have been talking about eliminating loopholes and tax deductions for a while. melissa: we have not done it. lori: right. but it is not a new proposal to the people. melissa: he tries to hide behind the wealthy people. it is coming for everybody. anyway, fighting back. we will introduce you to a man training the troops fighting the cyber war. lori: what happened last night. the super bowl in the dark for 33 minutes. we will shed some light on the situation. ♪ i'm a conservative investor. but that doesn't mean i don't want to make money. i love making money. i try to be smart with my investments. i als
position they'll be in. of course they're being conservative. the deficit problem is the problem for later in this decade. the jobs problem is the problem today. and this talk of a contracti contractionary fiscal position. it is hurting the economy. >> he wantive harris? >> in the end, we've got to get our deficit under control while we grow the private sector economy. we can't do it through new taxation. you can't tax your way out of this mess. that's the problem. the president has decided that's the approach he's going to take. the republicans have a different approach. we believe we have to rein in entitlement spending, the budgets up until now. again across the aisle and on the other side, they're unwilling to handle. >> we'll leave it there. thank you. >> let you both get back to work. thanks for joining us. >> thank you. >> appreciate your time. thanks very much. isn't it nice to know in two weeks you haven't missed anything? >> this sounds familiar. >> 40 minutes before the closing bell sounds. dow down 103 points. >>> google getting downgraded after a record high on friday when we
talking about the deficit. >> really? oh, yes. eric cantor to the rescue. he is ready to save the republican image and put a stop to the electoral college losses, right? of course, this is not the first time eric cantor has tried to save the party. you see, it actually is the fourth attempt that he has had. in 2009, cantor held a pizza party, remember that? with jeb bush and mitt romney by launching the national council for a new america that didn't work. a year later, cantor was back at it. he was one of the young guns ready to take the republican party by storm. >> there is a better way, and a new team is ready to bring america back. eric cantor, kevin mccarthy, paul ryan joined by common-sense conservative candidates from across the country. together, they are ready to make history. together they are the young guns. >> the good old days. in 2011, cantor launched the you cut program. he wanted to get the public to vote on weekly cuts to federal government. another year, another failure. so today cantor launched the "making life work" campaign. he is trying desperately to avo
about the deficit. they have to care about practical -- the reason you're so upset is you know it was a good speech. >> he went over to the aei, the number one war center, this is totally neocon. your thoughts. this is hopeless. i thought he'd admit the truth here today. >> it was a bit jarring to hear some of that coming from eric cantor who has been a warrior. >> hasn't he been the guy standing behind boehner's back waiting to trip him over because he's been too moderate? >> no question. he's been standing off center stage waiting for his opportunity to become speaker. i thought that there was a lot of practicality in the speech but i didn't think there were really big ideas. i think -- >> it was like sundries and notions in a drugstore. little items, like telling colleges they got to tell people what employment prospects there are for english majors. what's that about? cantor -- let's take a look. he took a approach that the university education should be more like a vocational school, a tech school, a school you can learn a trade and make a living. like i don't know. he sug
to cut the deficit we inherited by half by the end of my first term in office. >> will be closed no later than one year from now, guantanamo. >> transparencieiey and the rul of law. >> sean: the set of lies, a brand new set of you be kept promises and they're starting to buildup. remember when our fearless leader said this. >> no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. >> nothing in this plan will require you or your employer to change the coverage or the doctor you have. >> we've been extraordinarily careful not to in any way undermine the employer-based system. >> that's why my proposal builds on the current system where most americans get their insurance from their employer. if you like your plan, you can keep your plan. >> sean: guess what, while he couldn't keep those promises either. middle class taxes have gone up and will continue to do so thanks to the administration. when it comes to obamacare, the cbo projects by 2022, 7 million americans will not be able to keep their employer insurance program thanks to obamacare. and best selling author mic
and deficit. to put a plan in place. it's not just because we want to send a signal to the markets that washington's getting its act together. that's true. and that's a good result. but, it really is to help people. we don't want to see interest rates go up and the need for higher taxes. we don't want to see burden laid on the families, and individuals just coming out of school or seniors. we're trying to put us on a path to a growing economy, where there's more opportunity. >> but eric, you're still in a position of trying to sugarcoat a position of telling people that they are going to be getting less. that you're not going to make the same loans available, that this is a -- this is something that the president campaigned on very successfully. it's that situation. it's the immigration situation. are these different positions or this is just a new way of saying the same thing? >> look. what we're saying is our policies are the best path forward to help people in their lives. and the conservative principles of not spending money you don't have, of making sure that you put in place
economy we have will be beneficial because people are worried about the deficit, worried about the death that comes from the growing deficit so taking a stab at that for the first time in a long time will be beneficial to the economy. connell: are we making progress yet or is there much, much more to do? it is not just economists on the left making this argument, listen, to an half trillion being cut, we are getting there. smell is not the time to get all ciccone in. what do you say of those people? >> in 2007 we were spending 19.7% of gdp in the federal government. it is now around 23 or so. we want to get it back to where it was, so it is not austerity, it is not ciccone and, it is going back to a sensible level of spending. dagen: is a real problem the federal reserve, zero interest rate policy, buying treasury debt and mortgage securities, said the reason congress gets to get away with what it has been doing? >> it makes a little bit easier with the low rates and zero rates, so it is counterproductive but i think the main thing is people have to understand we had a spending explosion
. he attacked the deficit, he attacked the spending problems in this country, taxes in this country and he hit on every sensitive issue, possible, it was easy to understand. stuart: let's see if our people can put that in its entirety. whole 25 minute lecture on our facebook page or somewhere accessible for everybody, we'll try and do that for you. as if it wasn't bad enough to california. it's running out of doctors and it's because of obamacare. my take on that coming up next. stuart: good morning everyone. california wants to change the rules on just who can diagnose and prescribe medication when you're sick. give more power to nurses, medical assistants and pharmacists, open up what used to be the job of doctors only. 350 similar rule changes have been proposed around the country in the last two years. that's a real switch in the medical business. diabetes, high blood pressure, diagnosed and treated by people who do not have the same level of medical training as doctors? what's going on? obama care. in california it will shift millions on to state-provided healthcare. but they d
time to sit around and think about this huge deficit, being in the super bowl, embarrassing themselves. the pixie dust is gone. i'm just saying that balancing this out a little bit, we've got to get san francisco some credit here, this is a team that's been very resilient. you have that other factor going there. have you brother against brother. you have john harbaugh for baltimore not wantsing to be embarrassed. there's a ying and a yang here you have to look at. >> taerns. >> it's my story and i'm sticking to it. >> as i look at social media. and this is true, this person is right. someone said, twitter ain't been this live since obama versus romney. they're absolutely right. i can't even keep up with my twitter feed people are talking about this so much. there are a lot of people that are happy. there are a lot of people who are not happy about this. if you were not interested in these two teams, you're interested in this story. so i want you to put your sports marketing hat on. i want you to put your sports marketing hat on and tell me what this means, and your commerce hat. what t
of that cycle? with some of the problems that we're facing right now with the deficit issues, with the entitlement issues that are coming up, how do we get politicians to start talking about some of those tough realities? >> i don't know. the ones that do get slaughtered. i don't know how we do it. i wish i were that smart. >> do you think it's holding back business at this point? or does business operate kind of outside the sphere of what's happening in washington. >> oh, you can't operate outside the sphere. the last few years, where anybody in a corporation was considered evil, and i really felt that way. i know my colleagues felt that way, you have to operate in spite of washington. and because, first of all, you have a responsibility, shareholders employees customers, whatever, but you're a business. and you're there to run a business, and to make good products and get profit, and la, la, la, everybody's happy. so you have to do it even with the weight of washington strapped to your back every day. >> you said that you felt the last two years that businesses and your col
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the federal deficit. 15% want to hear about gun policy. 12% interested in health care. my political power panel joins my about more about this. doug is a democrat tick strat jill. hogan go aheadly is a republican strategist. great to see all three of you. let's figure out exactly what's going on with the president and establishing the state of union, as we look at those numbers, ruth. the economy has certainly been something we talked about for a long time. the sequester is looming. how much does the president go after his adremember sears tomorrow night. >> well, i guess the storm is stay tuned. i'm a bit confused about the white house's approach to the speech. we do have -- -- a huge issue for every american in the inaugural. now we hear the economy is going to be back here a lot, but -- and we know what the president's approach is, especially to the sequester that we need to have a builded approach. and so, therefore, by definition in a sense it's got to be confrontational, because that is not the view of the republicans whose help he's going to need at least on the house side in order
absorb these cuts. jr. jer that's going to be our deficit this year. are you happy about that? we're under a trillion. whoo hoo, throw a party, right? >> and the sequester's supposed to cut that by a grand total of about 10%. but fema's a perfect example of what i'm talking about. does anybody not really believe that fema couldn't increase its efficiency by 5%? my goodness, that's nothing given the kind of waste, fraud and abuse that you've shown on this show. look, they could easily do that. gerri: well, that would be a starting point. that's not the whole way to go, that's for sure. there's more to be done. >> but let's go back to my original idea. why can't we get back to the old-fashioned idea of people getting relief from their local governments and state governments and churches and people in their area? i was in houston not long ago, and people were say, you know, we had a terrible storm in houston. very few people got federal relief, and the homes that were damaged and the stores that were damaged were very rapidly rebuilt with almost no federal money. when did we get this
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